The grapes to produce the Lugana DOC “Brolettino” Cà dei Frati were hand picked and selected in the vineyards and once arrived at the winery were pressed with a pneumatic press.Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks.The wine remained in stainless-steel tanks on its fine lees for six months and then was transferred to small barriques for another six months before spending two months in bottle prior to release.
Outstanding vineyards are the secret to the success of the Cà dei Frati wines. Most producers in the zone crop at high levels and train the vines high. At Cà dei Frati, the vines are trained low. Newer vineyards have a higher density of planting and yields are well below the average for the area. All grapes are grown in Cà dei Frati’s own vineyards, which are located on the south banks of Lake Garda, near the town of Sirmione. Vines were planted in 1971 on clay soils. The training system is single and double Guyot and the yield is nine tonnes per hectare.
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Cà dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Back in 1987, they had 12 hectares of vineyard but now, following the purchase of a large chunk of prime vineyard in 2008, they have over 160 hectares. This increase in quantity has been matched by an increase in quality and today they remain the best producer in Lugana.